Our Company

As a family owned business with
strong family values, we are
highly regarded for our integrity.

Profile

Founded in 1981 by the late William S. Cumby, Sr. and William S. Cumby, Jr., W.S. Cumby provides a full spectrum of professional construction services including construction management, design/build and general contracting. Our client base has grown to encompass a diverse range of building sectors and we are proud to have a long list of repeat clients from the educational, religious, healthcare, commercial, retail, multi-family residential and hospitality fields. We are based in Springfield, PA and proudly serve the Greater Philadelphia and Tri-State areas.

As a family owned business with strong family values, we are highly regarded for our integrity. Thanks to our team of uncommonly dedicated construction professionals, we’ve become renowned for our partnership-based approach to the planning, pre-construction and construction management of renovation, restoration, and construction projects.

Delaware Valley Green Builders

We have been leaders in the Green Building movement for more than a decade and, as a result, have built high-performance buildings for dozens of clients, helping them achieve their goals in a smart, affordable way. We are one of the largest Merit Shop firms in the Philadelphia area and have gained a particularly strong reputation for the extraordinary value of our pre-construction services. In addition, the importance we place on safety has resulted in us being invited back to work in occupied campuses and facilities many times by many repeat clients.

Service, Quality & Value

It is our mission to provide the best service in the construction industry. To that end, we believe that the quality of the process is equally important as the quality of the product. The result of this unfailing commitment to service is that we have successfully completed hundreds of projects approaching a billion dollars in value for hundreds of satisfied clients. Our goal for the future is to continually strive for excellence, to bring our uncompromising values and industry leading expertise to more and more delighted clients.

W.S. Cumby Core Values

Integrity

We are honest and ethical; we do what is right, not what is easy.

Partnership

We adopt our client’s goals as our own and pursue them relentlessly as a team.

Commitment

We follow through and keep our promises; our dedication to project success is absolute.

Leadership Team

William S. Cumby, Jr.

LEED AP BD+C / President

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William Cumby III

Vice President

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Craig Irvine

LEED AP BD+C - Vice President

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Michael Boess

LEED AP BD+C - Chief Estimator

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Michael O'Brien

LEED AP BD+C - Vice President

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Erik Fay

PE - Vice President

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Michael Bennett

Director of Preconstruction

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William S. Cumby, Jr.

LEED AP BD+C / President

William (Bill) S. Cumby, Jr. founded W.S. Cumby with his late father, William S. Cumby, Sr., in 1981, served as Vice President from 1981-1998 and as President since 1998. Bill Jr. has been an active member of his community having served as Mayor of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, President of the Swarthmore Business District Authority, member of the Swarthmore Planning Commission and trustee of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Additionally, Bill Jr. is a Past President and Trustee of the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia and has been an active member since 1999. Bill Jr. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College, a Masters of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Temple University.

William Cumby III

Vice President

William (Bill) Cumby, III has over 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate, construction and finance industries. Prior to joining WS Cumby in 2016, he spent 15 years in the finance industry, 7 as a commercial real estate loan underwriter and commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) trader for Credit Suisse, and 8 as a portfolio manager for Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). At PIMCO, he had various responsibilities, including advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2009-2010 for their TALF (term asset-backed securities loan facility) program. From 2014-2016 he worked in their alternative investments division, where he focused on commercial real estate private equity and debt and served on their real estate investment committee. Bill holds a BA in economics from Bowdoin College. At W.S. Cumby, Bill is responsible for financial and strategic oversight of the construction management business as well as management of the company’s real estate operations and development efforts.

Craig Irvine

LEED AP BD+C - Vice President

Craig Irvine has 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Management from Bloomsburg University. Craig is a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building council and is a Green Advantage Certified Professional as well as LEED AP. Mr. Irvine is responsible for overseeing both home office and field operations on all projects in the construction phase including, execution of contracts, project management administration and oversight of jobsite safety and execution.

Michael Boess

LEED AP BD+C - Chief Estimator

Michael Boess is the Director of the company's Estimating Department and has 30 years of experience in the construction industry having started out in his family's construction business. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and continued his education at Penn State University in Construction Engineering. He has served in various management roles including Estimator, Senior Estimator, Estimating Manager and Project Manager. As Chief Estimator, he leads the preconstruction estimating, value engineering, bidding and buyout efforts.

Michael O'Brien

LEED AP BD+C - Vice President

Michael O'Brien's career in the construction industry spans more than 30 years, including experience in the construction of industrial facilities as well as owner/president of an independent contracting firm. Mike is responsible for the development of new business opportunities and the management of the company’s preconstruction services including contract negotiations, project budget development and cost control, procurement, scheduling and logistical planning. Having conducted more than 100 AIA Continuing Education Seminars on sustainable planning, design and construction, Mike has been an active advocate for the adoption of green building practices since 2001. Additionally, Mike is a current Board Member of Green Advantage and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, where he was also served as President.

Erik Fay

PE - Vice President

Erik Fay has 30 years of experience in the construction industry with leadership positions in design, real estate development and commercial construction. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. Erik is a former President of the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Society of Southern Pennsylvania. As Vice President, Erik will be responsible for the development of new business opportunities, strategic planning and will serve as an officer on the W.S. Cumby leadership team.

Michael Bennett

Director of Preconstruction

Michael has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. As Director of Preconstruction, Michael directs the preconstruction estimating, value engineering, bidding and buyout efforts. His responsibilities include quality control of the company’s preconstruction phase services to meet the client’s objectives with respect to scheduling and logistical planning. An active member of the Associated Builders & Contractors Eastern PA Chapter, Michael formerly served as Chairman. Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University.

Safety Program

Our highest priority is to provide a healthy, safe, clean and enjoyable working environment for all of our staff, subcontractors, vendors and visitors. We take this responsibility seriously by hiring the best construction professionals, setting the highest standards, and embracing a culture of continual improvement.

We manage a comprehensive safety program, enforced with stringent controls, that empowers all employees to become active stewards of safety. The foundation of our safety culture rests on the following principles:

  • Mandatory OSHA training and certification for all field staff
  • Top-to-bottom management commitment
  • Safety-focused pre-construction and construction meetings
  • Safety expectations in all subcontract agreements
  • High hazard pre-task planning
  • Regular third party professional job-site safety inspections
  • Consistent PPE requirements

The results of our commitment to safety speak for themselves: We have maintained a  Workmen’s Compensation Experience Modification Factor  (EMR) that is far below the industry standard. We are founding members of General Contractors Insurance LTD, a “Best-in-Class” Captive Insurance Company composed of only the safest construction firms in the nation.

Awards & Recognitions

We are passionate about our work and are very proud of the
recognition it has received by our peers and the AEC industry.

Our award-winning projects include:

Inn at Swarthmore, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

2016 Merit Construction Award of Excellence, Associated Builders & Contractors, Eastern PA Chapter

Learning and Resource Center, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

2016 Merit Construction Award of Excellence, Associated Builders & Contractors, Eastern PA Chapter

Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, New Jersey

2016 Merit Construction Award of Excellence, Associated Builders & Contractors, Eastern PA Chapter
2016 Preservation Award, Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia

Danawell Residence Hall, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

2016 Merit Award for Design Excellence, AIA Philadelphia
2015 Merit Construction Award of Excellence, Associated Builders & Contractors, Eastern PA Chapter
2015 Best in Education Award, IIDA PA-NJ-DE Chapter

Student Commons and Arts Center, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

2015 Merit Construction Award of Excellence, Associated Builders & Contractors, Eastern PA Chapter

KidZooU - Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo, Philadelphia Zoological Society - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 Preservation Achievement Award, The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
2014 Groundbreaker Award, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Kim and Tritton Residence Halls, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

2012 Merit Construction Award of Excellence, Associated Builders and Contractors, SEPA Chapter

Bern Swartz Fitness Center, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

2011 Best Renovation/Restoration Award of Excellence, Associated Builders and Contractors, SEPA Chapter

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania Horticulture Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2011 Merit Award for Design Excellence, American Institute of Architects, San Antonio Chapter

Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

2010 Merit Construction Award of Excellence, Associated Builders and Contractors, SEPA Chapter
2010 Preservation Award for Design Excellence, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter
2010 Preservation Award for Design Excellence, American Institute of Architects, Pennsylvania Chapter
2010 Preservation Pennsylvania Award - Public and Institutional Rehabilitation
2010 Lower Merion Township Historic Preservation Award
Lafayette Gardens Hope VI Revitalization, Jersey City
2010 Creative Neighborhood Affordable Housing

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